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“Wonderful lunch” 4 of 5 stars
Review of River Cafe (The Restaurant on Prince's Island Park)

River Cafe (The Restaurant on Prince's Island Park)
25 Prince's Island Park, Calgary, Alberta T2P 0R1, Canada (Northwest Calgary)
403-261-7670
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Ranked #22 of 2,927 Restaurants in Calgary
Price range: $31 - $104
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Northwest Calgary
Oakville, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Wonderful lunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Lunch at the River Cafe was a pleasure, an adventure in wonderful flavors. Attentive and friendly staff excellent value. I look forward to returning to sample more of their offerings.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
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40 reviews 40 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Best Hummus in the world!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Came here on a hot June day; great setting on the terrace over looking the bow river. Local beers were greatly received after a long flight from Manchester. The bread baskets looked so good we couldn't resist ordering some and a portion of garlic bread and hummus. Truly the best hummus we have ever tasted, including in those tried in Greece and Turkey. A fantastic start to our Canadian Rocky road trip, turned out to be our tastiest food of the holiday!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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High River, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“5 Star experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

The food was fresh, prepared to perfection and the presentation was artistic and all edible. The portions might not have looked large but we were quite full when we left. Amy, the server, was attentive and helpful. Mary visited our table a couple of times. Her warmth and sincere interest in our well-being really made our experience pleasant. We are not dessert wine drinkers but on this occasion we did have dessert wine with our desserts. The pairing was perfect. The seating was not especially comfortable (we sat outdoors) as the chair and table were wobbly but that did not take away from our great experience.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Vancouver, Canada
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
“Nicely appointed restaurant, attentive staff”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Parking is downtown. The island location is what sets this restaurant apart from others. It's a 5 min. walk over a river foot bridge. We went for lunch and ate on the pretty outside deck and were offered still water in a bottle or sparkling water. We chose the still water, no mention of the $3.00 charge for the bottle. Service was very good, there was a lot of staff. The food was on the expensive side for what you got. The beet salad was very nicely presented, the tomatoe soup was OK and the flat breads were good, but regular. The chocolate pate and raspberry mousse desserts were mouth watering.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Thunder Bay, Canada
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Excellent venue and food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

This café is really a restaurant that is very attractive from the outside. It has a beautiful garden around it and an inviting entry. The restaurant is very nicely appointed on the inside but with the nice weather, we ate on the deck.
This café had just reopened after cleaning up from the flooding in Calgary earlier this year. The café is on Prince’s Island Park which has been beautifully restored. The café and island were in great shape.
We had limited time so we chose pizzas. My wife had one with Fennell sausage and cherries and I had one with wild boar. They were both great. Flavourful with just the right amount of cheese and tasty crusts.
The service was friendly and good overall. There were a couple of times when we were looking for our server, however. If you are going to the island, you will want to eat here, so put an extra hour in the parking meter!
I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting downtown Calgary.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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